Now that Marc Webb is officially signed on to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we can look forward to some casting news and delivering the enemy rumor mill.
Today everyone is in for a treat, because we have both. Let’s start of with the latest bit of casting news. Variety is reporting that The Descendants star Shailene Woodley is in negotiations to play Mary Jane Watson in the highly anticipated sequel. For those that don’t know, MJ is Peter Parker’s love interest in the latter part of the Spider-Man comics. But that’s not all, we got rumors of two villains who might be making an appearance in the film. Find out who below.
According to the trade, Electro is the name that has been appearing on the casting news wire. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen. There isn’t too much to the character outside the fact that he can absorb, control, and manipulate electricity. Again, for those who don’t know about this character, Electro a.k.a. Maxwell Dllion, develops electromagnetic powers after a freak lighting strike accidentally turns him into a walking generator. His strength and speed is determined by how charged he is.
But that isn’t the only character tidbit floating around; word is that there is a casting call for the role of Harry Osborn (who was previously played by James Franco). Yet again, it’s hard to confirm this news without having any hard evidence. But since OsCorp was seen in The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s not hard to believe that we might be seeing the character in the next installment. If he is indeed a part of the sequel, it should be interesting to see the dynamics between four very important characters, especially since the sequel will supposedly have Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) grieving over the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner are currently rewriting the draft written by James Vanderbilt. Sony Pictures will release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2, 2014.